High honors for Cyclone players
By Rebecca Pierson
STAR Staff

   The 'Betsy tennis teams came out on top Friday in the completion of the district tournament. Both the boys' and girls' top seeds, Curtis Brumit and Amanda Pike, came through the tournament on top, and were also awarded MVPs of the season.
   "I am really excited," Pike said. "I didn't know I was going to get most valuable player. I really wasn't expecting it. I am glad to receive it though.
   "In the finals match, I thought I played pretty good," she said. "I was cool and very patient. I played the best that I could and I think I did awesome. I am ready for regionals now."
   "I am pretty excited," Brumit said. "I have been waiting on this all year and it finally came. It's a good thing."
   "Hopefully I can come out the next few years and do just as good," he said. "I just need to play the same way and not change anything. I just hope my game is better than theirs."
   "I was tickled to death with Amanda and Curtis today," Cyclone head coach Danny Q'Quinn said. "They have pretty much been the leaders in the conference all year, and they stepped up today to prove it."
   Seth Wallingford took the boys' No. 3 seed, and Allison Parlier took the No. 3 seed for the girls. For 'Betsy's doubles' teams, Jamis Gouge and Tim Franklin, came out No. 4 in the tournament for the boys', and Kristina Elliott and Ashley Street finished fourth for the girls.
   "Both Seth and Allison did good," O'Quinn said. "Allison was in a very tough match in the semis against Wingate, and I thought she was going to beat her. But Stacy came back with some good shots at the end. They are both good players. Allison came back to beat Amanda Queen of Central for third.
   "Seth in his semis played James Cox of Johnson County and split sets, went to a tie-breaker in the first set, lost it and then went to the second set and won, but then lost the third set," he said.
   "If he would have won the tie-breaker, we would have had all Elizabethton singles in boys [against Brumit], but it didn't happen. Seth came back in the consolation match and won third. I am proud of their performances as well."
   In the girls' semifinals, Pike defeated Amanda Queen of Central in a 6-0, 6-0 decision. Stacey Wingate of Central defeated Parlier 6-3, 6-4. Pike defeated Wingate, 6-1, 6-1 in the girls' finals. In the consolation match, Queen defeated Parlier, 6-1, 6-4.
   In the boys' semifinals, Brumit defeated Ben Marshall of North, 6-0, 6-1. Johnson County's James Cox defeated Seth Wallingford after a split-set, 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-2. Brumit defeated Cox 6-2, 6-1 for the finals, and Wallingford won over Marshall in the consolation match, 6-2, 6-3.
   Starting Friday afternoon off was the third round of the doubles. For the boys, Unicoi County's Patrick Olendorf and Drew Parsons defeated Gouge and Franklin, 6-1, 6-2. Volunteer's Andy Clark and Justin Ivory won over Unicoi's Jan Koesters and Brandon Triplett in a tough match, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2).
   In the finals, Olendorf and Parsons came out ahead of Koesters and Triplett in a 6-1, 6-1 decision. In the consolation match for third and fourth, Clark and Ivory defeated Gouge and Franklin, 6-4, 6-2.
   In the third round of the girls' doubles, Jessica Pauli and Tracy Cartier of Unicoi defeated Street and Elliott, 6-2, 6-1. Jennifer Jones and Steevie Caldwell of Volunteer lost to Lindsey Vaughn and Kim Mitchell of North, 7-6 (3), 6-3, in the most heated and contested match-up of the day.
   Pauli and Cartier would over come Vaughn and Mitchell, 6-2, 6-2 in the finals. Jones and Caldwell defeated Street and Elliott of the third place seed.
   Coach O'Quinn was also awarded Coach of the Year after the competition.
   "I try to do what is right for my kids and for the team," he said. "It's an honor, and I am happy to get it, but it's the kids that deserve the recognition, not me."
   "That [award] is very much deserved," Pike said. "He deserves it more than any other coach. He has been just awesome this whole year."
   "He has been a great coach this year and last year," Brumit said. "I am looking forward to next year."
   In normal situations, the district tournament signals the end of regular-season play. But in Elizabethton and Unicoi's situation, a tie-breaker still needs to be decided upon after both girls' team are split even for the season.
   The title is still up for grabs until tomorrow, when both teams will travel to neutral ground at Sullivan North for the face-off.
   Although the regional tournament schedule has not been confirmed, it will likely take place at the Community Center in Pigeon Forge on May 17 and 18.